Once upon a time, witches were a terrifying myth. The mere mention of the word conjured up images of winnowing baskets, owls, red cloths, a woman with a menacing smile and someone ultimately getting very sick or dying. No one had ever really seen a witch nor was there one ever pointed out in public. There were just assumptions made, suspicions, all discussed in hushed whispers but never out in the open. It was a taboo topic and absolutely NOBODY wanted to be associated with anything to do with that darkness.
Fast forward to 2013, witches’ winnowing baskets are developing mechanical problems and they are falling out of the sky, landing in prophets’ backyards and all, or waking up on top of gravesites, governments have gone to even set a maximum flying height for witches, tons of people are openly declaring themselves to be witches and openly speaking about their love for human meat. Gosh! Seems the secrecy that their ‘society’ was shrouded in no longer matters and they are not afraid to be seen by all and sundry. The times have also gone from being afraid to be associated with witches, to some individuals wearing the witch badge with pride. With that being said, there are also some unscrupulous members of society, let me just say it, members of the CHURCH who are not afraid to capitalize off this ‘it’s raining witches’ phenomenon.
Recently in Harare Zimbabwe, in the high density suburb of Budiriro, two supposed witches fell out of the sky after their winnowing baskets ”developed mechanical problems” and they landed in the yard of a local prophet and since then, social networks where on fire after an amateur video of the supposed witches (below) made rounds. The supposed back story was that the prophet ‘made contact’ with the two women and he warned them of an impending ‘crash landing’ if the women kept at their practices of witchcraft. Lo and behold, the very next morning, the two women were found in the prophet’s yard, sitting on top of their winnowing baskets that contained gory tools of the trade like owls, baboon hands, strange concoctions in bottles and animal hides. The whole neighbourhood came to see the spectacle and the two ladies were promptly arrested for “engaging in practices commonly associated with witchcraft.” It also goes without saying, thousands of individuals seeking help for all sorts of problems thronged this powerful prophet’s home for help. After all, he exposed witches in broad daylight and legitimized him, right? *singing, ‘all I see is signs, all I see is dollar signs*. Read more of the story here.
Well, as the saying goes, nothing that is hidden stays hidden. It has since been revealed that the whole spectacle was an elaborate stage-managed hoax intended to make a quick buck for these ‘witches’ and mega riches for the prophets. These women are not even real witches! I for one, am not shocked. Remember when I said these so-called prophets are preying on poor people, using the Bible and ‘miracles’ in a bid to make money for themselves? Oh yeah, read about it here, Desperate Society, Opportunistic Prophets. Anyway, these women are actually full-time prostitutes who met a prophet and cooked up this elaborate plan to pretend to be witches ‘caught’ by a prophet. They were promised a couple of thousands for their part and the incident would be the prophet’s claim to fame, which is what every pastor, papa, prophet etc is after these days, *cough, Makandiwa, cough*. The women were busted after their relatives recognized them on the news and approached the authorities with the real on their ‘witch’ relatives, starting with the fact that they had given police fake names. It was further revealed that these two prostitutes would do anything for money and everyone was embarrassed but not shocked they would do something as incredibly shameful as this. The gory tools of the trade they possessed were actually obtained from previous relationships they had with witch-hunters, they actually travelled by car from their place of residence in Chihota before being ‘caught’ in Harare and the owl they possessed was actually trapped in the wild using nets. And the famous prophet has since been arrested for fraud. I wonder which ‘prophet’ is next.
Here is what I wonder; how desperate does one get for money, that they willingly choose to be called a witch in front of the whole nation, a profession that is so despicable and embarrassing, maybe worser than prostitute? One might claim ‘trying to raise money’ as an excuse for being a prostitute, but what do you say to being a person who feasts on the flesh of dead people? Are those few thousands enough payment to strip you of your dignity and standing in society (I know they are prostitutes which says a lot about their dignity in itself, but if you are from Africa, being labelled a witch is as bad as being called a murderer)? What drives a person to do that to themselves, to their family, who will no doubt be ostracized by society. In most parts of Africa, they burn people who are even suspected of being a witch. Kenya for example, they will not hesitate to throw a gallon of kerosene and a book of matches and burn a witch. Think I’m playing, watch the video below and read Please Stay Away From Matches, People Burned Alive In Kenya.
And on the final note, these ‘prophets’, pastors and ‘papas’, if the God you personally represent is very powerful, why do you need to stage manage encounters to gain followers? Now, I know God is all-powerful but why the need to make up stuff to ‘prove’ it? If its going to happen then why will you not let it be? Are you not scared of burning in Hell by using God to dupe the public? Child….The sad thing about all this is the fact that the public will never ever learn. Any man or woman can stand on any corner, hold a Bible in one hand and the public will flock to him/her like moths to a lightbulb. And the moment a ‘miracle’ is performed, wallets will open and the money flows. Gone are the days were the word at the church was about forgiveness and doing good to ensure a seat in heaven. These days these prophets, Makandiwa and all alike, are blatant about it, ‘come to my church and I will make you rich.‘ The end. Miracle money, airtime, cars, houses are a few of the things that are promised in the church. Organized religion has really gone to the dogs.